Wildcats soccer waylays WetumpkaPublished 12:28pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Not even the rain of Mother Nature could cool off the Benjamin Russell Wildcats soccer squads as the boys exploded in the second half to take a 3-1 victory over Wetumpka and the girls continued to showcase their blistering offense, blitzing the Lady Indians 9-1 for their sixth consecutive win.
The boys went into halftime down 0-1 but in the second half, BRHS boys soccer coach Sammy Teel said the Wildcats played more cohesively.
“We had to challenge the boys a little bit in the second half,” Teel said. “Our defense stepped up and played really well for us in the second half.”
Cole Grogan scored twice for the Wildcats, and Richie Bradshaw added another goal.
Bradshaw also had an assist. Grant Hudson and Andy Meyer assisted on the other two goals.
But according to Teel, the story was the defense, and the game was a tale of two halves.
“Michael Speake and Cameron Rayfield really stepped up for us on that side of the ball,” Teel said. “In the first half, I thought we played a little selfishly and played like a bunch of individuals. In the second half, we played like a team.”
The girls dominated the Lady Indians from the opening whistle as six different Lady Wildcats found the back of the net against Wetumpka.
Christian Bolden, Magan Brayman and Bethany Miller each scored two goals.
Paxton Templin, Ciera Harrell and Alexis Goldhagen all scored once.
“The girls have completely turned everything around,” BRHS girls soccer co-head coach Mehgan Bailey said. “Their passing is incredible, and this will allow them to beat the bigger and better teams as they can control the ball and get up and down the field with it. With the win streak comes confidence, and it makes practice easier and the upcoming games easier.”
Next for BRHS soccer will be home tilts versus Stanhope-Elmore tonight, weather permitting. The girls begin at 6 p.m. and the boys start at 8 p.m.